Feb 22, 2015

Father/Daughter Sweetheart Dance

Stella and Damon have been looking forward to the annual Father/Daughter Sweetheart Dance since they attended their first one together last year.  This time Cille got to be a part of the fun as well.  Here is Daddy with his double date...
 The girls even got to invite some of their friends along this year, which made the event even more special...
The girls each had their picture taken with their date...
To see how much Stella has grown since this event last year, click here...

Feb 21, 2015

Our Little TOT

Cille recently started participating in the TOT program at her school.  TOT stands for Teams of Tomorrow and they use basketball handling drills to help kids work on hand-eye coordination and reinforce other learning.  Cille kind of got into the class by accident.  I sent her to a free trial class to check it out for her brother since he's not old enough to participate until next year, and she loved it so much that she started begging us to let her do it.  Her group had the chance to perform as part of the Harlem Globetrotters pre-game show at the River Center so we went to cheer her on.  Here she is making her way onto the court...
 Waving at her fans from her spot...
 Game face...



 What skill!











 I love this one.  She is having a great time...





 She dribbles as gracefully as her mother...



 What a cutie!
 Clapping for herself...
 And waving goodbye...
The kids made it through about half of the Globetrotters' show before they were ready to leave.  While basketball purists may not enjoy the Globetrotters, I was very entertained by their act and would have loved to stay for the whole performance.  It really took me back to my childhood because I remember watching the Globetrotters' cartoons as a kid.  Great performance, Cille!

Memory Maker

One of the new offerings at Disney is the Memory Maker, which is basically the old Photo Pass option on steroids.  It includes not only the photos that you have taken around the park, but also any photos that you take at character meals, as well as photos and videos of your family on rides and special ones with Disney magic sprinkled in, like holding a character in the palm of your hand.  We did not take any of these photos with our camera, but we love them all...




Our little sweethearts...
One tough thing for our family is getting pictures that include everyone in the shot.  The Memory Maker allows you to do that with ease...
We thought the girls would be terrified of this ride but they both handled it like champs...

Cille wanted to take a special picture with Mawmaw and Pawpaw since Stella has a special picture of the three of them together that she had taken long ago at Wee Care...

Damon did not get the memo that this was a bucket list item for Cille so he sent Stella back to have her photo taken because he felt it was unfair for Cille to have one and not Stella...


Can I just say, this is the impossible dream for us.  Everyone in the shot and looking in the right direction for the most part...
Winning...

I will be framing these...
Add in our favorite neighbors and it's even better...
Seriously, this is commercial level stuff here...we are having a magical time.  Feel it!


On Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin...




Watts is a lot like Gaston.  He doesn't trust girls who can read...







I love this!


Stella was passed out in the stroller when we took these...
Pacifier strong!
All it takes it faith, trust, and a little bit of pixie dust...






I am really proud of myself for these.  My wonderfully talented friend Katie made these shirts for Cille's 4th birthday party and I managed to not lose them between that time and our trip.  Go me!












Father-son late night Disney fun...